Reds Organization Report

Outfielders Reunited With Reds

CINCINNATI--The Reds knew outfielder Carson Kainer wanted to sign when they drafted him in the 14th round out of Texas last June. He would have, too, but life got in the way.

Kainer, who was born with acute renal failure, encountered health problems after wrapping his junior season. Tests showed his kidneys were only functioning at 13 percent.

"When we drafted him, he was OK," scouting director Chris Buckley said. "He was as surprised as us when he began having problems."

Buckley cannot talk specifically about Kainer's medical condition because of privacy laws, but according to published reports out of Texas, Kainer had a kidney transplant on Sept. 12. His father Ron was the donor.

Kainer, 21, was healthy enough by late October that the Reds signed him for $60,000. He had not enrolled in classes at Texas because of his treatment.  "All our medical people signed off on it," Buckley said.

Kainer will be reunited with former Longhorn roommate Drew Stubbs, whom the Reds took eighth overall last June. Kainer hit .364 and led Texas with 25 doubles and 66 RBIs in 2006, though he lacks Stubbs' speed and power.

"(Kainer's) always been able to swing the bat," Buckley said. "He's a good kid from a good family. He wants to play. We're excited to have him."

Kainer was remarkably consistent in college, hitting .335 as a freshman and .312 with three home runs and 65 RBIs as a sophomore on the Longhorns' national championship team.


• The Reds inked their top 17 picks from the draft, with only Nebraska shortstop Ryan Wehrle, the club's 18th-round pick, breaking the string. Wehrle injured his knee playing in the Cape Cod League and opted to head back to school.

• Former Reds Doug Bair and Darren Bragg were named pitching and hitting coaches for low Class A Dayton. Bair had served as pitching coach at Rookie-level Billings in 2006.

Fay covers the Reds for the Cincinnati Enquirer.